Little Piece of Heaven Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Saturdays. Continues through June 15 2013

In 1927, Carl Tanzler, an incompetent Austrian doctor, kills his wife and relocates to Key West, where he plies his passions with opium until he encounters his one true love: a beautiful Cuban schoolgirl who becomes his patient, whose treatment he botches, and with whom he has a postmortem affair. If this grotesque Ripley's-style true story has promise, here is a production that squanders it. Second City graduate Christine Hickey's script repurposes Tanzler's biography with such a loose grip that it never resolves into comedy. Sarah Russell goes full-on soap as the dead girl's sister; meanwhile, as her grieving father, Nikolaos Maros is puzzlingly nonchalant. The set is superfluous, the sentiments are hokey, the humor is puerile, and if a skilled hand condensed the fluff, each 50-minute act would shrink down to about five minutes. —Jena Cutie

Price: $15

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